How to Take Backup of The WordPress Website? A Guide

Backup of the WordPress Website
Backup of WordPress

In this article, I will discuss, about backup of the WordPress website. If you are running a website or online store, taking backup is very important. What if you update your WordPress version or theme, or plugins, and something goes wrong?

What if your site gets crashed? What if some posts and pages are deleted permanently by mistake? There might be many reasons that you may need to restore your site.

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In this blog, I am writing about how you can take backup of your WordPress website through the UpdraftPlus plugin.

UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin is one of the popular backup plugins. It has more than 3+Million active installations. You can install and set up it very easily.

So, Let’s go into details.

Backup of the WordPress Website

First of all your login into your WordPress dashboard and install the UpdraftPlus plugin. I guess you know how to install the WordPress plugin. If not you can go through this article-

How to Install WordPress Plugin?

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UpdraftPlus WordPress Backup Plugin

After installing the plugin, you Activate it. Now you will be redirected to the installed plugin page.

Now you just click on the Settings button of the updraft plugin. After it, you will be redirected to the updraft plugin page.

Through this plugin, you can take backup manually and automatically as well. Let’s first discuss the manual method.

Manual Backup of the WordPress Website

For manual backup, you just click on the Settings option on the plugin page. There are two options:

  • Files backup schedule
  • Database backup schedule

You just click on the drop-down arrow of both the options one by one and set them as Manual. Set Retain this many scheduled backups as per your choice. As you can see in the below sample image.

manual backup
Manual Settings – Backup

Now you need to set up which files you want to backup. Normally, you should backup your complete site.

There is an option to Include in files backup and there are some options to tick. You just tick all four options. As given in the sample image.

After the setup, you just save your settings.

Backup files
Includes in Files backup

Now you need to click on the Backup/Restore button, which is available at the top of the plugin page.

When you will click on Backup/Restore, you will have the option of Backup Now. You click on the Backup Now button.

Manual backup of the WordPress
Manual Backup and Restore

After clicking on Backup Now, you will have a popup on your screen. This popup will like the below image.

You just check all the boxes and click on Backup Now.

Backup of the WordPress
Perform a backup

In this way, you can do a manual backup of the WordPress site. When you backup process is done, you will have details of the existing backup. You can see the below image for reference.

There will be a last long message on the screen also.

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Backup File and Restore of the WordPress Site

Now if you want to restore your site. You just click on the Restore button and your site will be restored.

Normally, you should have multiple copies of your backup and save them at different places. So that, if something goes wrong with one copy, you can use another.

In this way, you can set up a manual backup of the WordPress website through UpdeaftPlus.

Automatic Backup of the WordPress Website

For automatic backup, you need to do some settings in the plugin. You just click on the settings button of the plugin. And change the settings of the File backup schedule and Database backup schedule.

Automatically backup
Setting – automatic backup

There are the following options available that you can select for automatic backup.

  • Every 2 hours
  • Every 4 hours
  • Every 8 hours
  • Every 12 hours
  • Weekly
  • Fortnightly
  • Monthly

You can select which is more convenient and best for you. You need to also set up Retain this many scheduled backups. You can keep the Include in files backup settings as it was in the manual case.

Storage of backup
Remote Storage option

There are multiple remote storage options in the UpdraftPlus plugin You can set a remote storage option like Google Drive, Google Cloud, etc.

If you want to send a backup to more than one destination, you can do it with an add-on.

After all the setup, you just save the settings. In this way, you can set up, automatic backup of the WordPress website through the UpdraftPlus plugin.

Conclusion

Taking backup of your site at regular intervals should be in your priority work. If you have a backup of your site, you can restore it if something goes wrong with your site.

That’s why you should always take backup of the WordPress website.

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